SHARKPACK Poetry Review

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Second SPR ‘Microverse’ Competition on Twitter

We’re pleased to announce our second ‘microverse’ competition on Twitter.

What’s the prize?

$25 (or thereabouts—prize will be awarded through PayPal, so there may be a small fee administered by them) AND publication in our beautiful SPR Annual this November.

How do I enter?

FIRST: Follow us on Twitter @sharkpackpoetry (our profile is here). Only submissions by our followers will be accepted! (If you follow SPR through but are not on Twitter, we’re happy to accept your poem—please read on.)

SECOND: Compose either a couplet or tercet in vers libre (free verse—no meter or end-rhyme required) after the following title, lifted from Jorge Louis Borges’ “The Shape of the Sword” (trans. David A. Yates):

“The uncomfortable impression of being invertebrate.”

Use this title to motivate you, interpreting it as you like. The title is to function as a launch-point only—your microverse need not be related to “The Shape of the Sword” in any way (it probably ought not be related to the story, since the poem should relay a complete and original reflection). Do not include the title in your post.

This poem cannot exceed 123 characters, since it must include ‘@sharkpackpoetry’ and a line break. Thus each entry should look something like this:

I wake and feel
the fell
of dark, not day.

(Obviously, your entry must be original and unpublished elsewhere).

THIRD: (Important!) Post your entry to us on Twitter and in an e-mail to (with MICROVERSE in the subject line). Sometimes Twitter can be temperamental with content searches and timeline updates, and we don’t want to miss any of your work. SPR followers on WordPress, please submit directly to e-mail.

May I enter more than once?

Up to two (2) entries are permitted per follower.

When’s the deadline?

The competition is open from 10/4 to 10/15. We’ll announce a winner by 10/25. Good luck!

One response to “Second SPR ‘Microverse’ Competition on Twitter”

  1. @sharkpackpoetry
    Hammer to anvil,
    strike on strike,
    bloodlessly thrusting me
    to rupture.

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